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Writing Center

  • About Writing Center


    The Writing Center is a resource for writers of all abilities, and our main goal is to help students to become better writers by offering help in every stage of the writing process. It not only aims in the overall improvement of their academic writing but also in their creative writing. Our objectives are as follows:

    Writing Center Main objectives

    1. To provide support in enhancing the writing of students in English and Arabic languages.
    2. To help students in making appropriate choices regarding purpose, context, form and style when they write.
    3. To ensure that students have opportunities to use formal writing (academic & technical) as a means of self-expression, creative expression, and exploration.
    4. To insure that students have opportunities to explore the writing process by writing drafts of papers, receiving peer and faculty comments, utilizing services within the Writing Center, and engaging in revision and editing of written assignments.
    5. To provide workshops to students in different aspects of language learning.

    Important Information to Know about the Writing Center:

    • The Writing Center is  located at the entrance of the library on the first floor.
    • It is currently staffed with two full time tutors and part-time mentors who are available from 9am – 5 pm from Sunday to Thursday.
    • Students can visit the Writing Center as a walk in or take appointments with the respective tutors/ mentors.
    • All the services provided by the center are free of charge.
    • We will not proof read or edit papers, but we will help the students learn how to find and correct errors in punctuation, usage and grammar.
    • The Writing Center offers advice and resources on every stage of the writing process in both English and Arabic.  We will help students in understanding assignments, developing a thesis or an argument, improving a research paper’s organization, expanding ideas, improving clarity and cohesion, writing correctly and using APA citation appropriately.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Writing Center Coordinator, Ms. Sura Qiqieh at

    writingcenter@adu.ac.ae or at sura.qiqieh@adu.ac.ae
  • Schedule

    Male Side Schedule - Spring 2016 - 2017

    Sunday
    Time Tutor Location
    9:00  - 1:00 Ms. Maroua Nouh (Tutor) Writing Center
    10:00  - 12:00 Shannon Fernandes
    11:00 - 12:30 Mr. Adil Khan (Mentor)
    2:00 - 3:00 Omar Khan
    1: 00 – 5:00 Ms. Wafa Qamar (Tutor)
    Monday
    Time Tutor Location
    9:00 - 1:00 Ms. Wafa Qamar (Tutor) Writing Center
    12:30 - 2:30 Osman Abd El Gadir
    2:00 - 3:00 Mr. Adil Khan (Mentor)
    2:00 - 3:00 Omar Khan
    2:00 - 3:00 Saad Ahmed
    1: 00 – 5:00 Ms. Maroua Nouh (Tutor)
    Tuesday
    Time Tutor Location
    9:00  - 1:00 Ms. Maroua Nouh (Tutor) Writing Center
    10:00  - 12:00 Shannon Fernandes
    11:00 - 12:30 Mr. Adil Khan (Mentor)
    2:00 - 3:00 Omar Khan
    1: 00 – 5:00 Ms. Wafa Qamar (Tutor)
    Wednesday
    Time Tutor Location
    9:00 - 1:00 Ms. Wafa Qamar (Tutor) Writing Center
    12:30 - 2:30 Osman Abd El Gadir
    2:00 - 3:00 Mr. Adil Khan (Mentor)
    2:00 - 3:00 Omar Khan
    1: 00 – 5:00 Ms. Maroua Nouh (Tutor)
    Thursday
    Time Tutor Location
    9:00  - 1:00 Ms. Maroua Nouh (Tutor) Writing Center
    1:00 - 5:00 Ms. Wafa Qamar (Tutor) 

    Female Side Schedule - Spring 2016 - 2017

    Sunday
    Time Tutor Location
    9:00 -1:00 Ms. Wafa Qamar (Tutor) Writing Center
    9:00 - 10:30 Alaa Ibrahim
    12:30 - 3:00 Salma Saeed
    1:00 - 2:00 Areesha Shaikh
    1:00 - 5:00 Ms. Maroua Nouh(Tutor)
    Monday
    Time Tutor Location
    9:00  - 1:00 Ms. Maroua Nouh (Tutor) Writing Center
    9:30 -10:30 Mariam Abbas
    10:45  -  2:00 Sara Ghannam
    10:45 - 12:00 Dana Alhalabi
    11:00 - 12:15 Areesha Shaikh
    1:00 - 2:30 Kiran Abbas
    2: 00 - 3:00 Miral Osama
    2: 00 - 3:00 Alaa Ibrahim
    2:00 - 4:45 Yasra Ahmed
    1: 00 - 5:00 Ms. Wafa Qamar (Tutor)
    Tuesday
    Time Tutor Location
    9:00 -1:00 Ms. Wafa Qamar (Tutor) Writing Center
    9:00 - 10:30 Alaa Ibrahim
    12:30 - 3:00 Salma Saeed
    1:00 - 2:00 Areesha Shaikh
    1:00 - 5:00 Ms. Maroua Nouh(Tutor)
    Wednesday
    Time Tutor Location
    9:00  - 1:00 Ms. Maroua Nouh (Tutor) Writing Center
    9:30 -10:30 Mariam Abbas
    10:45  -  3:00 Sara Ghannam
    10:45 - 12:00 Dana Alhalabi
    11:00 - 12:15 Areesha Shaikh
    1:00 - 2:30 Kiran Abbas
    2: 00 - 3:00 Miral Osama
    2: 00 - 3:00 Alaa Ibrahim
    2:00 - 4:45 Yasra Ahmed
    1: 00 - 5:00 Ms. Wafa Qamar (Tutor)
    Thursday
    Time Tutor Location
    9:00 - 1:00 Ms. Wafa Qamar (Tutor) Writing Center
    1:00 - 5:00 Ms. Maroua Nouh (Tutor)
  • English Resources


    Many Students may want to improve their English language abilities, especially in writing. Whether you are struggling with English grammar or are already an expert writer, there should be something of value to you here. 

    Types of resources to be found on the pages below include exercises designed to improve your English language writing and reading skills, lessons in English grammar, self-tests to evaluate your language ability, and chat rooms to discuss using English language with other learners.

  • Citation and Referencing Standards


    If you quote or paraphrase another author's work without including a reference to it, you are plagiarizing. Plagiarism does not only mean cheating; it is mainly used to describe forgetting or not realizing to include a reference to other's work or theories.

    To ensure that you can clearly see when you are referring to other people's work, you have to use a set of citation and referencing guidelines.

    Here are some APA resources you might find useful:

  • Academic Writing Style


    Academic Writing has a formal style and here you can find the Dos and Don’ts of Formal Academic Writing.

    Academic Writing Dos

    1. Objective writing
      Academic writing is objective (i.e. factual, impersonal, unemotional, logical and precise). Students should deal with facts in an impersonal way, without distortion by personal feelings or prejudices. While they are expected to develop their own ideas from their research and reading about a topic, they must express those ideas in an impersonal objective manner. An objective tone in writing is achieved by:
      1. Using third person rather than first or second person (i.e. avoid using I, we, you)
      2. Using standard English (avoid clichés and slang)
      3. Using academically sound sources of information to back up arguments
    2. Clarity
      Clarity in writing ensures that the person who is reading (marking) the work can understand what the student is saying.
      Following are a few tips to help the students write clearly: 
      1. Write a plan to organize writing
      2. Write academic paragraphs correctly 
      3. Write shorter sentences (no longer than a couple of lines)
      4. Punctuate correctly (poor punctuation affects clarity)
      5. Edit writing for meaning
    3. Technical vocabulary
      Every subject will have some specialized vocabulary that should be used by the students when they are writing about that subject. Most text books have a glossary of terms (or use discipline specific dictionaries)
    4. Standard English
      This is the English used by the general community (e.g. business, government, schools) rather than local English (e.g. colloquial, slang) variations. 
    5. Correct English
      Instructors should cut marks for incorrect sentences, spelling and punctuation, so students should always proofread their work. 
    6. Non-discriminatory language
      This is the language that avoids offending groups of people (e.g. racial, ethnic, religious, age, etc.).
    7. A MORE APPROPRIATE STYLE
      1. Students have to abide by the plagiarism avoidance rules set by the university by using the APA Style appropriately.
      2. Lecturers have to warn students that they should: check their work for plagiarized statements, ensure that their in-text references were adequate and make certain that the items in the reference list matched the in-text references. 

    Academic Writing Don’ts

    1. Colloquial language and slang
      1. Students should not be allowed to use every day conversational English or slang terms in academic writing.
      2. Students should not be allowed to use shortened forms of words and phrases as contractions are classed as informal language.
      3. They should not use contracted forms at all: (e.g. it's for it is or it has; would've for would have) 
        In the case of Using ACRONYMS (e.g. TAFE) AND INITIALISMS (e.g. UNE) CORRECTLY
      4. The general rule is to write the name in full first time with the acronym in brackets immediately after. 
      5. They should avoid using common abbreviations (such as e.g., i.e., viz., etc.)
        It is BEST to write the full term in the text of your writing. For example: 
        cf. (use compare instead) 
        e.g. (use for example instead)
        etc. (use and so forth instead) 
        i.e. (use that is instead)
        viz. (use namely instead)
        vs. (use versus instead)
        & (use and instead)
      6. If they want to use abbreviations, then they must be placed inside brackets. 
    2. Students should avoid using personal language
      As most academic writing should be objective, students should not use personal pronouns in formal writing unless they were asked to discuss their personal experiences. Therefore, they are usually advised to avoid using personal pronouns (e.g. I, me, my, we, us, our, you) in academic writing. 
    3. Avoid Hedging words and phrases
      1. Students should not use words and phrases in Academic Writing that are strongly opinionated.
      2. When the students are evaluating theories and discussing implications, lecturers expect that their argument should appear to be well-considered and reasonable. 
    4. Avoid Wordiness
      Unnecessary words confuse and frustrate the reader (marker). Using too many words is a common fault in student writing. The following table shows you examples of a few common wordy phrases and their shorter replacements:
      Wordy phrases Using better English
      Wordy phrases Using better English 
       it would appear that ...  apparently ...
       with the exception of ...  except ...
       in connection with ...  about ...
       are found to be in agreement with ...  agree ...
       a large majority of ...  most ...
       in the event that ...  if ...
       a disproportionate number ...  few ...
       arrive at a decision ...  decide ...
      If students want to use brackets, they should use them correctly. Students should not switch bracket styles ( ), [ ], { }, < > as most bracket styles have a usage convention. Round brackets ( ) are usually first choice for enclosing non-essential information unless they are asked to follow another convention.
    5. Bullet points
      There are some forms of writing (e.g. reports) where bullet points are allowed. Some subjects also allow bullet points in academic essays. Students should check with the lecturer and ensure that they use the appropriate format and punctuation for using bullet points in that discipline. 
    6. Verb tense
      The tense of a verb indicates whether the time of an event is in the past, present or future. In academic writing, students should take care to check the tense consistency of verbs. Students often change verb tense by mistake. One minute they are writing in one tense, then they abruptly switch to another tense. This makes their writing confusing and annoying. They will need to check for this when they are proofreading their work. 

      Students should understand some basic rules:
      1. It is customary to write most academic papers in the present tense. They should report their own findings and those from research in present tense (e.g. Jackson and Smith argue [present tense] that ...). They should be consistent in the use of tense throughout the paper. When the students have finished writing, they should check that the tense matches in the introduction, body and conclusion paragraphs of their essay. 
      2. Students should use past tense to narrate events and to refer to an author or an author's ideas in an historical sense or if you using an example from a past event (e.g. reflecting on teaching practice).
      3. If  the students are referring to future action, verbs such as will, shall, is going to, are about to, tomorrow and other adverbs of time will assist  to indicate future tense 
    7. Exclamation marks
      Exclamation marks have no place in formal academic writing. They speak volumes in personal writing (e.g. letters, emailing, texting). However, in academic writing, the students should say what they mean in words. 
    8. Questions and commands
      Academic writing uses language to report, argue and critique. Students have to use statements at all times to do this. This means that they do not revert to using personal address such as questions and commands.

     

    (This document is adopted and adapted from: Learninghub.une.edu.au)

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